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historic. historic day today for all of us for the struggles for many, many years i want to thank all of you for sharing this historic moment in san francisco, california. wow. it's been a long road. many years but gosh it feels good to have love triumph overcome ignorance to have equal it triumph over discrimination to have that diagrams end right here in san francisco. wonderful, wonderful. it's a great place to be today
in this hall where so many marriages have taken place and so many people have loved each other. we're the very first one with phyllis. thank you phyllis thank you very, very much. and many more weddings to the celebrated in san francisco many more. i know all of you have had some of those feelings before just maybe over 9 years ago and, of course, in 2008 when i had the prim of sharing that moment. i want to thank all the people behind me it's an incredible history. mayor willie brown is there
(clapping) >> at the state level back in those years all of our members of the board of supervisors. thank you. our elected officials from the treasure to the our state assembly is here. and commissioners and staff and everybody from the city family our city attorney thank you for your wonderful work. wonderful work. (clapping) ladies and gentlemen in those times in those moments when people like phyllis stooped and said we're not going to take
discrimination we're going to do something about it. when stuart and john looked for courage in people and they found one person among in one person who used the power of his office to make history by also to express the love of this city because that's the most important thing you love the city you do what's right no matter what the consequences that that's what gavin newsom has done. courage respect, love for the city and love for the people (clapping) >> lieutenant govern gavin
newsom (clapping) thank you, mayor human resources how you all feeling? >> (clapping) >> what a day. a special day. let me thank you, mayor. i want to thank mayor lee foreour stuartship and support for the cause. and thank you, mayor lee for appointing me to the board i had the privilege of getting involved in the marriage partnerships it seemed strange at the time. but san francisco has been on
the leading and a city open the edge a city of entrepreneurs and it's a special place. i think every single one if you understand the core principle of 0 core values we don't there are not diversity we celebrate our diversity each and every day. so that's what we're celebrating but i'll be brief i've been and i want to connect a quick dot. i've been with all of you watching not only the procedures of the supreme court but what's happening with nelson mandela. i say this because of the story of nelson mandela condition it
is a not ex-president by leader. and it begs the question that the mayor was making. just because you have a position of authority it didn't mean you necessarily lead it's foekdz who exercise that moral authority this changes the world. that's the life of ghandi it wasn't president ghandi or president martin luther king. its people like phillips and i and dell who sped up and had those debates that's why we're here. they didn't wait for anyone to tap them on the shoulder. its people like kate kendall and
my extraordinary staff. it's folks like this on stage that stepped up. they didn't need to do it but they did it. it wasn't just interest this was a true commitment to quality. it was chris and sandy i didn't it was the extraordinary leadership of many folks in this room so many of you out there in the audience. so i want to celebrate our wisdom and faith and your devotion to this cause and i'll close for participating in this remarkable journey. and like any journey it's not linear it's complex it's a worth journey we're on.
and it's a journey that inspires we're not motivated by the cause of quality but it's the best of who we are our human dignity and self-worth interest all for your extraordinary reasoning and gragz on this special day. thank you (clapping) >> good morning. my name is kate kendall with the national center for lesbian rights and - (clapping) f you prop 8
(clapping) we i actually i did a quick scan of the audience to see if there were any children and i'm really sorry if i didn't see you i will put a dollar into the bad word jar but it will be work out it to be able to say that. we've lived for too many years under that still maifg piece of crap that eliminated our right to marry and made us feel less than but when prop 8 passed and i know you stepped up and
gnarled - gal invented in a way that made this possible. that's why we're here. we wouldn't be here today without all the difficult conversations you had the money you gave the volunteer hours you spent we also wouldn't be here await incredible leadership and obviously the mayor and gavin is top on that list. but we also wouldn't be here await extraordinary legal representation. and way, way back in the way back machine in 2004 in february 2004 when mayor you newsom had a partner from day one who's been a partner with
our community from day one please join me in welcoming our city attorney dennis herrera (clapping) >> thank you (clapping). >> thank you. thank you very much. you know, i, remember when we were standing on this years ago i just reminded mr. newsom about that now i can say whether or not you like it. (clapping) but you know hey listen he got a lot of heat about that but a lot at how things have changed.
i have to tell you we wouldn't be here today without mayor newsom's leadership back in 2004 (clapping) >> he has been a true partner to our office and me personally throughout this struggle. i mean, i was proud to stand by him and to defend him and he was proud to stand by me when we decided to sue california for the equal rights of marriage. and to kate kendall and nc l r who have been our partners through this as well. i can't tell you how much i appreciate that. and i have to tell you gavin newsom was talking about
leadership. i can remember in 2004 when people said it was too fast too soon and too much. i'm a firm believer you've got to kick the door in and do what's right and be morale. and to those people who said we were moving two face and too soon >> now the other 13 that have it we'll have it restored again and certainly that's about a legal case but it's about more than a legal case it's about challenging the hearts and minds of people and that's where all
of you come in. we won't be here if it wasn't for the community helping us change the hearts and minds of people throat this country. we had a great victory at the supreme court because where we will have equal marriage and it's struck from the ledger. now i can tell you that you'll hear some proponents talking about how they're to go and continue litigating this. we're ready to go back into court again and we'll figure out not only to have equal it here in california and we'll not rest
until we have marriage equal it throughout this country (clapping) and in closings i want to say you know the marriage equal it started in massachusetts and it achieved full lift off here in san francisco but i want to thank the american foundation for equal rights and the plaintiff's. i don't know is cleaving jones here. clech representing the american foundation of equal rights chad griffin we all worked together and thanks so much for everything you did. we couldn't have achieved the success here today without you.
i'd like to ask terry stuart worked day and night i want to give them a chance to talk about. thank you >> thank you (clapping). >> i never see me at the poumd without the opinion in my hand. i want to add we're excited about getting marriage equality back it upholds this supreme court decision but you know there's a doma case and a lot of people fought about it but when we work together great things
happen and in the doma case the court expressed a equal protection. so i'm really great deal of to the people who work so hard on the doma case and the people who were the plaintiffs in the cases and await us both working together we have this two part victory so we should celebrate both. thank you (clapping) >> we have, you know, we're blessed no san francisco to have amazing leadership. our mayor and former mayor and city attorney and the people in
the city attorney's office office and then the leadership in this city on the board of supervisors level per we're going to hear from 3 of our members of the board of supervisors we need to thank them for making san francisco this amazing place to live. ground zero in which so much energy comes and for them to obviously tell us congratulate on this city and statewide and a country you wide vicious. please welcome president chiu (clapping) >> what is great day. (clapping) i am honored to help represent the board of supervisors that included a man who was looking upon us today. at the top of those stairs is a statute a bust of a man named
harvey milks (clapping) and harvey milk told us we had to have hope and that hope lives on today. (clapping) i want to take a moment just to - if everyone could look at the beauty of this crowd. everyone in this room came in here because san francisco has been a beacon of hope. i sat on the board when the law was made and a today, our supreme court has struck that allowing law down (clapping) >> today, the supreme court has
said our lgbt brothers and sisters have a right to the pursuit of marriage equality. so goes san francisco and so goes california so goes the country. thank you for being here (clapping) i agree with president chiu but since i'm here i don't want any more people from hate coming. i really want to give a warm welcome to supervisor david campos who has led on some many issues. supervisor david campos
(clapping) >> thank you, you know, it's a very emotional moment for us from the lgbt community. thank you, mayor lee and all it's so many people who have made it possible for us to be here. we heard about harvey milk who gave his life in this building. i'm glad it was recognized. the reality is the first time the highest court in the land is recognizing our rights. that's something that's never happened in the whole history of mississippi my country. me and my partner says we are
people that have dignity and respected that's a what this means (clapping) and i know that mayor newsom or governer likes the word extra ordinary but the country is sending a message because lgbt community that their rights were not ongoing by now they have to pay attention. we're now going to end with
marriage equality there has to be equality for all of us including our transgender brothers and sisters. we're not leaving anyone behind this is only the beginning. thank you so much let's keep fighting. (clapping) >> his leadership has been extraordinary not only in his district it's going to be the site of a tremendous celebration this evening so have fun but really citywide and really statewide seeing as a tremendous leader supervisor scott wiener
(clapping). >> thank you. thank you although the voters are annoy my - i want to thank my former boss city attorney dennis herrera. i remember back almost a decade ago from the very first moment he was there for our community along with our lieutenant governer and dennis thank you for your leadership >> i've had the honor of coming into this building and for those of you coming here there's a lot of marriages that are constantly happening here. and for the last few years everyone is happy they're
getting married but it's a constant reminded there's no gay people getting married but today those married are going to get a little bit more diverse so thank you (clapping) and on a little bit more personal note a gay man in the 1980s when thing weren't great it was a time of fear when we had a president who won't say the words aids or hiv. this community is so damn resilient we fought and move forward and we did it again here we have more challenges to come
but we're going to beat every single challenge. so congratulations everyone (clapping) >> there are so. other leaders and elected leaders but many of them are in the crowd and standing behind me if you see them spot them and go up to them and tell me thank you. so very quickly i want to acknowledge assembly member bill and city treasurer (clapping) >> our assessor carmen chu.
supervisor mike farrell (clapping) supervisor ms. cowen (clapping) supervisor london breed. supervisor kathy changing and supervisor jane kim (clapping) our fire chief joanne hayes (clapping) our police chief greg sir, (clapping) and i just as a personal note you know your living in the right city with a